Learning and adapting new tricks with polymer clay is always fun! This month we are going to explore faux dichroic glass techniques using our favorite medium, polymer clay. This past year, Lisa Pavelka and I collaborated on a year long polymer clay project. To say “thank you” to all who participated, Lisa is joining us once again for a tutorial and giveaway (come back Friday).
Making a Polymer Clay Word Ornament
The time has arrived … the final month of, the Pavelka Project. This month we a doing another more ‘open-ended’ project for you. This month we are using the book, Quick & Easy Gifts with Polymer Clay, and using the ornament idea. The “word” that you choose does NOT have to be a holiday word, maybe it’s your family name, child’s name, pet’s name, or word of the year. In any case, the ornament should be small enough to hang on a tree or on a door.
My take on Lisa’s tutorial is shown below. I used many similar techniques, but you can make your word ornament however you’d like. I’ve combined textured clay, stamping, & mica powders into a sophisticated take on the word “Noel” as in “the First Noel.” Lisa offers literally dozens of ideas throughout all her books on techniques, color palettes, and so much more. [Order your books here] I also have over 150 tutorials here on the site you could use to get ideas to decorate your jar.
November 2015 #PavelkaProject
Polymer Clay Santa Jar Tutorial
Making a Polymer Clay Covered Jar
Polymer Clay Tutorial
Making Polymer Clay Millefiori Canes & Using Them
Welcome back for another great month of the Pavelka Project! This month we a doing another more ‘open-ended’ project for you. Here’s what you need to do. Look through The Complete Book of Polymer Clay, chapter on Millefiori Canes, and make at least one cane. But don’t stop there! Use your cane to create ONE project. It can be anything your heart desires. I made a mixed media centerpiece mason mug in a fall theme for my dining room table. You can do whatever you’d like: jewelry, mixed media, household items, frames, the options are literally endless. Lisa offers literally dozens of ideas throughout all her books. I also have over 150 tutorials here on the site you could use to make a project.
Editor’s Note: The Pavelka Project ended Dec. 31, 2015. These tutorials are free for your use. All giveaways are over.Continue reading October Pavelka Project: Making Canes
Polymer Clay Mokume Gane Tutorial
Welcome back for another great month of the Pavelka Project! This month we a doing a technique based project that uses a favorite technique of many, Mokume Gane.Continue reading Pavelka Project: Mokume Gane Technique
Polymer Clay Desk Accessory Tutorial Set
Welcome back for month 8 of our project. This month finds us with a tutorial that is more than beads, techniques, or jewelry. This month you are going to make a desk accessory set. Lisa demonstrates 3 separate “office” project in her Polymer Clay Extravaganza Book. You can use these as a springboard to make your own projects. Or if you are an extruder junkie, you might have some fun with this tutorial too.Continue reading Pen & Pen Holder Desk Accessory Set
July Pavelka Project
Polymer Clay Sutton Slice Technique
Polymer Clay Covered Birdhouse Tutorial
Welcome back for month 7 of our project. This month finds us with another tutorial that is based around a technique. What does this mean? It means that you can make whatever you want and enter it to win, as long as it uses the Sutton Slice Technique.
June Pavelka Project
Polymer Clay Inro Amulet Tutorial
Welcome back for month 6 of our project. For you mixed media and jewelry lovers out there, this polymer clay Inro Amulet project is sure to be a winner.
Welcome back to the Pavelka Project! This month we are doing a really fun project. We are making your own Garden Markers! Lisa has an excellent project in her book. My project is entirely different, but I think you’ll like it too. Feel free to use either my tutorial or the one Lisa provides in her book.Continue reading May Pavelka Project – Garden Markers Tutorial
The Pavelka Project – Polymer Clay Tutorial
April: Foiling Techniques
This month’s project takes us on a new journey with polymer clay. In case you missed the project assignment or materials, CLICK HERE to get them now. This month you are specifically using foiling techniques to make anything you’d like! YAY!
Here’s a very simple project that you can do with foils. Remember that foils can be used for jewelry, sculpture, beads, polymer painting and so much more. Feel free to use your own design ideas for your project.
Welcome back to the Pavelka Project! This month we are working on another technique using leafing and foils. Any of the techniques you are using can be used in your pieces in the future.